Class 7 NCERT An Alien Hand Book Chapter Wise difficult word meanings 

Here, the difficult words and their meanings of all the Chapters of CBSE Class 7 English An Alien Hand have been compiled for the convenience of the students. This is an exhaustive list of the difficult words and meanings of all the Chapters from the An Alien Hand Book for NCERT Class 7 English. The difficult words’ meanings have been explained in an easy language so that every student can understand them easily.

Chapter 1  The Tiny Teacher


  1. Airing: to get air for refreshment
  2. Barracks: a large building or group of buildings used to house soldiers
  3. Beetles: type of insect
  4. Cocoons: a silky case spun by the larvae of many insects for protection as pupae
  5. Feelers: to feel, here it refers to the antennae of the ant which helps it detect other ants
  6. Firm: determined
  7. Grubs: the larvae or young ones of ants
  8. Loyalty: a feeling of strong support for someone or something
  9. Mosquito: a small flying insect that bites the skin of people and animals and sucks their blood
  10. Pets: a domestic or tamed animal kept for companionship or pleasure
  11. Wisest: most experienced, knowledgeable, and having good judgement
  12. Worm: a soft, elongated, soft-bodied parasitic animals

The Tiny Teacher Summary, Lesson notes

Chapter 2  Bringing up Kari


  1. Afloat: floating in water, not sinking
  2. Astonishment: surprise
  3. Bumped: hit
  4. Darted: rushed suddenly
  5. Delicate: here, soft
  6. Drowning: to die due to submerging in water
  7. Ebony: a heavy wood mainly black in colour
  8. Hatchet: small axe
  9. Hawk: a bird of prey
  10. Lasso: a rope with a noose at one end
  11. Luscious: tasty and sweet smelling
  12. Mutilated: torn, awkwardly mutilated
  13. Pavilion: a shelter in an outdoor structure
  14. Pay you back in your own coin: To seek revenge on someone by treating them in the same negative manner as they treated one
  15. Rested: here, the roof was laid on the tree stumps
  16. Rose: went upwards
  17. Saplings: young tree
  18. Squeal: cry, trumpet
  19. Strewn: thrown around
  20. Stumps: the bottom part of tree trunk, left after a tree has been cut
  21. Tender: here, soft and young
  22. Tiptoe: to stand with raised heels, the weight of the body on the balls of the feet
  23. Twigs: branches of trees
  24. Whipped: punished by beating with a whip

Bringing up Kari Summary, Lesson notes 

Chapter 3  The Desert


  1. Absorb: take in completely
  2. Adapt: change 
  3. Bloom: grow and open
  4. Burrow: move underground by digging 
  5. Humid: containing moisture
  6. Moisture: wetness 
  7. Mounds: big heaps
  8. Oasis: a fertile spot in the deserts where water is found
  9. Regions: areas
  10. Retain: continue to have something
  11. Shelter: a place giving temporary protection from bad weather or danger
  12. Sight: scene
  13. Surrounded: covered
  14. Survive: continue to live or exist
  15. Survive: continue to live or exist despite hardships
  16. Variations: changes 
  17. Variety: different kinds

The Desert Summary, Lesson notes

Chapter 4  The Cop and the Anthem


  1. Blackwell’s Island: name of a prison (If Soapy went to prison, the government would look after his food and stay.) 
  2. Cop: policeman (American English)
  3. Get busy: begin to do the work or tasks which need to be done urgently
  4. Hurried: did quickly
  5. Out of the mud: to come from the bottom and then rise to the top
  6. Ready: confident, prepared
  7. Restlessly: lacking or denying rest, uneasily
  8. Sick fear: very frightened 
  9. Southern skies: (here) warmer places 

The Cop and the Anthem Summary, Lesson notes

Chapter 5  Golu Grows a Nose


  1. Boot: a sturdy item of footwear covering the foot and ankle, and sometimes also the lower leg, field shoes
  2. Bulgy: swollen, protruding, or curving outwards.
  3. Dozen: something that is 12 in number
  4. Haunches: a buttock and thigh considered together, in a human or animal
  5. Mynah: an Asian and Australasian starling that typically has dark plumage, gregarious behaviour, and a loud call.
  6. Scoop: pick up something in a spherical shape
  7. Snout: the projecting nose and mouth of an animal, especially a mammal
  8. Spotty: something which has spots
  9. Uncoiled: straightened from a coiled or curled position.
  10. Wiggle: move or cause to move up and down or from side to side with small rapid movements.

Golu grows a Nose Summary, Lesson notes

Chapter 6  I Want Something in a Cage


  1. Abruptly: suddenly
  2. Ailing: ill, sick
  3. Balls of fluff: something which was soft and fluffy and had a ball-like shape
  4. Beam: smile radiantly.
  5. Bewildered: shocked, perplexed, confused
  6. Bill: note
  7. Blurted: said abruptly
  8. Briskly: lightly
  9. Canary: a small, bright yellow bird noted for its singing
  10. Clasp: grasp (something) tightly with one’s hand.
  11. Close-cropped: cut very short
  12. Cocked: tilted
  13. constant: continuous, never-ending, endless
  14. Crestfallen: disappointed 
  15. Custom: habit
  16. Digest: read and understand fully
  17. Distinct: unique, different
  18. Emphatically: in an understanding way
  19. Filmed: become or appear to become covered with a thin layer of something.
  20. Flicker: small and sudden movements
  21. Frantic: distraught with fear, anxiety, or other emotion, hysterical
  22. Frost: deposit of small white ice crystals formed on the ground or other surfaces when the temperature falls below freezing.
  23. Fussy: showing excessive or anxious concern for details.
  24. Genial: friendly
  25. Get you: annoy you, divert your attention
  26. Gilded: covered thinly with gold leaf or gold paint.
  27. Glared: stared angrily
  28. Grave: serious
  29. Gravely: seriously
  30. Halted: stopped
  31. Hastened: hurried
  32. Humour: entertain
  33. Hunched: raise (one’s shoulders) and bend the top of one’s body forward.
  34. Instinctively: automatically
  35. Linger: stay in a place longer than necessary because of a reluctance to leave.
  36. Lovelorn: unhappy because of unrequited love.
  37. Magnanimously: generously (He gave a broad smile.)
  38. Magnified: made to appear big
  39. Materialise: (of a ghost, spirit, or similar entity) appear in bodily form.
  40. Monotonous: dull, tedious, and repetitious; lacking in variety and interest.
  41. Mopped: wiped 
  42. Mount: move on to a raised surface
  43. Musty: having a stale, mouldy or damp smell
  44. Muttered: said in a low voice
  45. Oddly: weirdly, strangely
  46. Ornate: elaborately or highly decorated.
  47. Perch: sit
  48. Perplexity: confusion
  49. Pervade: be present and apparent throughout.
  50. Prescribe: advise and authorise the use of a medicine for someone, in written form
  51. Prompt: quick
  52. Proprietor: the owner of a business, or a holder of property.
  53. Pucker:  tightly gather or contract into wrinkles or small folds.
  54. Pulsed: throb rhythmically 
  55. Purse: pucker or contract, typically to express disapproval or irritation.
  56. Reap: produce, result in
  57. Scamper: run with quick light steps, especially through fear or excitement.
  58. Shoved: put something hurriedly without much care
  59. Shuffled away: to walk away while dragging the feet
  60. Shuttling glance: constantly looking to and fro
  61. Slide off: to slip off of something and fall or stand
  62. Smirk: smile in an irritatingly smug, conceited, or silly way.
  63. Snapped: said angrily
  64. Snowy: white
  65. Suspended: something that was hanging 
  66. Tottered: moved unsteadily
  67. Twitter: a series of short, high-pitched calls or sounds.
  68. Uncanny: unusual
  69. Vaguely: slightly
  70. Waddle: walk with short steps and a clumsy swaying motion.
  71. Wintry: characteristic of winter, especially in feeling or looking very cold and bleak.

I want something in a Cage Summary, Lesson notes 

Chapter 7  Chandni


  1. Affection: a gentle feeling of love or fondness
  2. Alas: grief, pain and sorrow
  3. Amuse: entertain
  4. Anguish: grief, sorrow, sadness
  5. Appetite: hunger
  6. Assembly: group
  7. Bathed: immersed in something
  8. Beyond: at or to the further side of.
  9. Bloomed: matured or produced a flower
  10. Breed: a particular type, kind, or variety
  11. Compound: an open area enclosed by a fence
  12. Declain: say words in an effective or impressive way, as if to an audience.
  13. Devour: eat
  14. Earthen: made from earth
  15. Embrace: hug or join her physically
  16. Endless: something which never ends
  17. Enveloped: wrap up, cover, or surround completely
  18. Faint: light, weak
  19. Ferocious: savagely fierce, cruel, or violent.
  20. Firm: determined
  21. Frankly: honestly
  22. Gleaming: glittering, shining
  23. Grassy: covered with or full of grass
  24. Grazing: eating grass in a field.
  25. Grunt: a low, short guttural sound made by an animal or a person
  26. Herd: group
  27. Jaw: each of the upper and lower bony structures in vertebrates forming the framework of the mouth and containing the teeth.
  28. Jerk: a quick, sharp, sudden movement
  29. Jut: extend out, over, or beyond the main body or line of something.
  30. Moodily: in angry and unhappy way
  31. Moonlight: light coming from the moon
  32. Mystery: something that was weird and unknown 
  33. Narrate: tell a story
  34. Obstinate: stubborn, rigid
  35. Pale: weak, inferior
  36. Passage: a narrow way providing access to move in or out of the place
  37. Perched: sitting on a surface
  38. Sized up: evaluated or calculated
  39. Soaked: covered
  40. Temperament: a person’s or animal’s nature, especially as it permanently affects their behaviour
  41. Terribly: badly or seriously
  42. Thundered: speak loudly and forcefully or angrily to denounce or criticise
  43. Treacherous: someone who betrays people, unfaithful, selfish
  44. Unfortunate: unlucky

Chandni Summary, Lesson notes

Chapter 8  The Bear Story


  1. Amiable: friendly
  2. Amicably: friendly and peacefully
  3. Apt: appropriate, suitable
  4. Clumsy: awkward in movement or in handling things.
  5. Cracking: break or cause to break without a complete separation of the parts.
  6. Cunning: clever, smart, intelligent
  7. Dense: thick
  8. Dog-fashion: a behaviour seen in dogs
  9. Fine: top-quality
  10. Fond: attached to something or someone
  11. Gust: blow
  12. Haunches: a buttock and thigh considered together, in a human or animal.
  13. Horrified: filled with horror; extremely shocked.
  14. Ill-tempered: angry or grumpy
  15. Kennel: a place where only pets are kept
  16. Manor: the main residential place of a feudal lord
  17. Meek: quiet and gentle
  18. Menacing: threatening 
  19. Missus: used as a form of address to a woman whose name is not known, married woman
  20. Mistress: a woman in a position of authority or control.
  21. Orchard: an area covered with fruit trees
  22. Panting: gulping air due to tiredness
  23. Parasol: umbrella 
  24. Resigned: having accepted something unpleasant that one cannot do anything about.
  25. Sailor: someone who goes sailing
  26. Severest: in a very strict and cold manner
  27. Shaggy: messy-looking
  28. Shuffle along: to move while a slow dragging movement
  29. Slain: past tense of slay, killed
  30. Sniffing: smelling
  31. Solitary: something or someone who is alone or empty
  32. Stable: place where horses are kept
  33. Stump: short and thick
  34. Temptation: desire
  35. Trotting: proceed or cause to proceed at a pace faster than a walk, lifting each diagonal pair of legs alternately.
  36. Wander: roam here and there
  37. Winding: full of twists and turns
  38. Wistfully: full of desire and sadness

The Bear Story Summary, Lesson notes

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